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PHILIPS 563A

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Front view [37K]

  • Released circa 1948
  • 1ch plus LW, MW and SW radio.
  • 9" Mullard MW22/7 C.R.T.
  • 23 Valves (seven lovely red EF50s, four ECH35s, EF39,
    EBL31, two EL33s, EL38, two HVR2s, FW4/500 and EM34
    tuning indicator, all spoilt by three weenie miniature EB91s.)
  • A.C. mains
  • Size
  • Original cost unknown.
NOTES
Valve layout diagram  [10K]
This was one of Philips' first post-war television range, which included 12" console mode, also with radio, and a 9" table model, without a radio. Although shown at the 1947 Radiolympia it is probable that it, like many televisions at that show, did not enter production until the following year due to shortages of raw materials.

The chassis is actually two chassis, bolted together side-by-side. I'd guess that in the console model these two chassis would be mounted one above the other. In this example, the first chassis - the receiver chassis - is embossed "M01" and "470kc/s", the latter indicating the I.F. frequency of the radio section. The second chassis - main power - is embossed "M02", from which I assume there was an earlier type of chassis.

Pre-war model 2405 [6K]Minus it's radio, the appearance of the 563A is very similar to Philips' pre-war model 2405, right down the the 2¼-inch protrusion out of the back of the set needed to accomodate the narrow angle C.R.T. The 2405 had been in the middleof being lauched at the 1939 Radiolympia when World War II interrupted play.
SERVICE DATA Yep (thanks John!). The set is a cross between the 9" non-radio table model 383A and the 12" model 663A console with radio.
CURRENT STATE
Section of glass dial.
Link to larger view [103K].
Complete (bar the mains connector), original as-found condition. Plenty of dust in the back but even so it is clear that this set has never seen the slightest drop of any moisture.

As is always the way with these sets, the bakelite moulding where the radio dial slots in is broken. The strip at the front of the moulding is extraordinarily thin and quite long bearing in mind there is no further suport along its length. If anything were stacked on top of one of these sets this strip of bakelite would get broken. Fortunately I can see more bits of the original strip tucked inside the set.

The radio dial glass, which is prone to losing its printing, is excellent.
WHERE FOUND BVWS special auction at Wotton Basset, Jan 2007 for £600.
Chassis view [58K]
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